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Past Sales

'Nimbawah Leads His Dogs - The Myths of Nimbawah'
Tribal Bird, 1961

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Sold 26 works for
Prints & Graphics
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Where to buy or sell art works by Helen Lempriere

Auction Houses

Leonard Joel
Sold 4 works for
Davidson Auctions
Sold 3 works for
Bonhams & Goodman
Sold 3 works for

Born in Melbourne in 1907, Lempriere studied in Melbourne and Paris. In the early 1960s she worked in Europe and exhibited at the Salon des Surindependents in Paris and Leicester Galleries in London in the mid 1950s. For ten years she mounted solo exhibitions in the UK, Germany, USA and Holland and in 1966 returned to Sydney. A sculptor and artist, She has painted many works based on Aboriginal myths and legends. Helen Lempriere died in 1991 and a restropective of her her work was held in Sydney in 1993. In 2000 the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, and was established from a bequest, and it was awarded until 2009 when it was discontinued.

Our database records art auction sales of works by Helen Lempriere from 1975 and in total 78 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 37 (47%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $1,949 for Birth of Venus (Naissance De Venus) sold by Leonard Joel in September 2017. This year 2 works have been offered for sale. Works by Helen Lempriere are held by the National Gallery of Australia, Ian Potter Museum of Art and a further three major public national galleries (see list below).

Helen Lempriere is listed in the following standard biographical references:

  • McCulloch, Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch, Emily McCulloch-Childs. The New McCulloch's Encyclopedia of Australian Art. 4th Edition, Aus Art Melbourne & The Miegunyah Press, 2006. Page 606
  • Germaine, Max. Artists and Galleries of Australia, Volumes 1 & 2, Third Edition. Craftsman Press, Sydney, 1990. Page 402
  • Germaine, Max. A Dictionary of Women Artists of Australia. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1991. Page 262
  • Campbell, Jean. Australian Watercolour Painters: 1780 to the Present Day. Craftsman House, Sydney, 1989. Page 334
  • Dictionary of Australian Artists Online, an online resource for biographical data about Australian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators.
  • Australian Prints + Printmaking, a database listing printmaking artists from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region based on the print collection of the National Gallery of Australia.

Artists' Resale Royalty

Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…

Yes, eligible, subject to the artist satisfying the residency test. The artist is alive or has been deceased for less than 70 years. Contact the Copyright Agency for information on the residency test.

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